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In common usage, a theft is the illegal taking of another person's property or services without that person's permission or consent with the intent to deprive the rightful owner of it. The word is also used as an informal shorthand term for some crimes against property, such as burglary, embezzlement, larceny, looting, robbery, shoplifting, library theft, and fraud (i.e., obtaining money under false pretenses). In some jurisdictions, theft is considered to be synonymous with larceny; in others, theft has replaced larceny. Someone who carries out an act of or makes a career of theft is known as a thief. The act of theft is also known by other terms such as stealing, thieving, and filching.
Theft is the name of a statutory offence in California, Canada, England and Wales, Hong Kong, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, and the Australian states of South Australia and Victoria.
Check out this invention from a man in Tacoma, WA:
Blam! Man fed up with package thieves uses, sells booby-trapped box that sends crooks running
Guy was tired of packages being stolen off his front porch.
He set up a bait package with fishing line and 12 gauge shotgun blanks rigged to fire if...
Wife got her purse stolen out of her unlocked vehicle while dropping off our grandson at First Church of the Nazarene daycare off Market St. in Salem this morning just before 8:00 AM. She said that she was out of sight of the car for no more than 1 minute and other parents/grandparents dropping...
Detectors at the exit alarmed when he was leaving, with the two Noveske AR's hidden under a long coat he was carrying folded under his arm. Now who has a big coat with them in the heat of summer? Anyway, he still managed to escape, as he ran out the store with the two Noveskes, and got away...